Dream away. If you had a private space that was all yours, what would it look like? How would you use it? Would it be in your home or on the property in the backyard? What materials would you use? How would you decorate it?
Your She Shed can be used to create artwork, reading room, writing space, sewing cottage, chic hideaway, gardening space, close girls’ gathering place, nap time, meditation hour, high tea enjoyment, gardening haven, mother daughter time, or just quiet time with yourself to shut the noise of the world out.
You can sit down with a local contractor to design and build your custom She Shed to make it your dream oasis to reinvigorate yourself.
“Why not give yourself the gift of a space to call your own? Bold, beautiful, and gorgeously inspiring, She Sheds is a dream book to inspire and instruct on how to create your very own hideaway for relaxing, crafting, reading or just to have a private sanctuary place for you. Filled with envy-inspiring photos of these backyard beauties that are popping up all over the country, be motivated to stake your claim to that neglected shed, old grown out playhouse or greenhouse and revamp and repurpose it for a natural retreat that’s a reflection of you,” comments Erika Kotite, Author of She She: A Room of Your Own Book.
House Beautiful has “18 adorable She Sheds designs to inspire your own escape. He got his man cave, now this is all you. From cozy cottages to coastal retreats, these She Sheds prove that you don’t need a lot of space to have a seriously awesome backyard escape. No boys allowed. Taking a vacation is literally as easy as a trip to your backyard.
CountryLiving has given instructions on how to create your own She Shed.
It’s official: The “she shed” trend is here to stay. More and more ladies are staking claim to backyard sheds as a little place to call their own, whether it be for gardening or just somewhere to curl up with a good book. If you have a neglected potting shed in your backyard, you’re in luck—we’ve rounded up all the DIY decorating inspiration you need to turn it into an adorable backyard hideaway. Here’s how to create the perfect garden getaway.
1. Clean out your old backyard shed—or use a kit to build a new one.
Have you been conveniently “forgetting” to clean out that cluttered shed? Creating a she shed is the perfect motivation for finally getting it done. Go through all those old garden tools and boxes, then donate what you don’t need anymore and organize the rest for storage.
Want to go all out? Choose a shed with whimsical structural details.
Hometalk bloggers Mirabella and Isadora‘s shed, pictured above, has a high arch over the doorway, giving it a storybook cottage feel.
2. Give your shed a fresh coat of paint.
Taking your shed from ordinary to oh-so-cute starts with the exterior. Paint it a calming color like light blue, or a feminine shade of purple or light yellow, will instantly give it new life.
Can you tell Crickhollow Cottage, pictured above, was formerly a child’s playhouse? We didn’t think so! Thanks to a pretty shade of green with pink trim, this “shed” is now reserved for the lady of the house.
Of course, white is always a classic color choice—Hometalk blogger Daisyadded a pale blue door to her white craft shed (also a former child’s playhouse) to make the space extra welcoming.
3. Define the purpose of your shed.
The point of a she shed is to have a quiet space that allows you to embrace a hobby that’s important to you. Stylist Donna Jenkins took advantage of her backyard location by using it as a potting shed, where she spends time gardening.
When antiques shop owner Barbara Adkins didn’t have enough space for painting in her home, she converted a tool shed into her own DIY paradise, complete with an area to house all her supplies.
If you’re not an avid crafter or gardener, your she shed can simply be used as a quaint place to hang out. Heather Cameron‘s husband transformed a neglected potting shed on their property into a pretty greenhouse-style retreat, pictured above. “I never had time to use the shed for its original purpose as a place to pot plants,” she says. “I like it much more now as somewhere to escape to and curl up with a good book, paint, or visit with friends.”
4. Search flea markets and antique shops for unique finds.
Decorating a she shed isn’t about spending lots of money—it’s about creating a space that feels relaxed and cozy. So look to flea markets and antique shops for unexpected finds. Hometalk blogger Christine definitely had the right idea when she decorated her vintage potting shed—take a peek inside.
Inside Heather’s shed, she added overhead shelves repurposed from an old door she found for $15 as a place to display her vintage jadeite and milk glass collection. (She cut the door in half lengthwise and placed the pieces on brackets.) She also refreshed thrift store chairs with a coat of white paint and seats re-covered in natural linen.
5. Surround yourself with nature.
It’s all about environment! Placing your shed in a secluded spot and surrounding it with grassy plants, vines, and window boxes full of flowers helps create a tranquil vibe, all the better for establishing a calm place to get some thinking done. Bring the garden inside as well, by decorating with plants, freshly picked flower arrangements, and plush pillows featuring feminine floral patterns.
6. Create an inviting entryway.
She sheds should have an inviting look, especially if you’re hoping to entertain friends there.
7. Equip the space for entertaining.
What better spot for girls’ night than a she shed? To make sure everything you need for a fun night is handy, think about adding a mini fridge and stocking the shed with party essentials.
You can also bring the party outside if you’ve set up an outdoor patio or fire pit. Top a firewood rack from the Home Depot with a piece of wood and it’ll double as a bar!
8. Make sure your shed is a reflection of you.
As your hobbies and aesthetics change, update your shed to reflect them—after all, it’s your space! It should transform with you. And of course we can’t forget the best tip of all: There are no rules when it comes to creating the perfect she shed—it’s all about you being you.
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